Collaboration results in spectacular smiles!

Working together, we can achieve your most natural, beautiful, unique smile through Digital Smile Design, a process founded and taught by Dr. Christian Coachman. At Mitchell Dentistry we have trained to use the techniques and digital technology of Dr. Coachman to bring you non-invasive procedures and a custom treatment plan to help accomplish your goals.

Our first step is to ensure that we have open and honest communication before any work is done. By using advanced digital technology, we can create multiple different models to simulate the intended results specifically for you.

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Following Dr. Coachman’s guidelines and letting you know what to expect has benefited our patients in the following ways:

  • High satisfaction with their new smile
  • Truly customized results – no two smile designs are exactly alike
  • A natural look that complements overall appearance
  • Increased confidence throughout the treatment process
  • Multidisciplinary approach preserves health and hygiene

Most patients report that they like having greater control over the outcome of their cosmetic treatment. We work together with a systematic approach for diagnosis, communication, treatment planning, execution, and case maintenance. Here is how the Digital Smile Design process works:

Step 1: Our team will take digital photos of your teeth and entire mouth from multiple angles

Step 2: You and Dr. Jim, Dr. Yolanda or Dr. Joe will review the photos using special software that allows us to begin demonstrating potential changes via a PowerPoint presentation

Step 3: A simulation of your smile after treatment will be rendered in a “digital mock-up” that reflects the proper height to width ratio of your mouth

Step 4: Our team takes impressions of your teeth and Dr. Mitchell translates the digital design onto the physical model to predict how you will look

Step 5: We will create a resin model to see how well the modeled treatments fit your teeth and your needs

Once you are happy with the final mock-up, our dentists will perform any necessary treatments according to the roadmap you and Dr. Mitchell developed through the Digital Smile Design process.

The bottom line is that you are the co-designer of your own treatment.

Dr. Coachman’s team explains it this way:

The concept is based upon the analysis of the patient’s facial and dental proportions, using a predetermined series of high quality digital photographs and videos understanding the relationship between teeth, gums, lips, smile with the facial features in motion and with emotion.

Digital drawings are easily made on the pictures to precisely communicate with the dental technician and team when designing the smile. Resulting in a clear, attractive and understandable treatment presentation for patients.

We love working with all the newest technology, and hope to continue this discussion with you very soon. As always, please call us with any questions or concerns. We love your feedback, so feel free to send your comments our way.

 

Best wishes from our Mitchell Dentistry family to yours!

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Dr. Joe, Dr. Yolanda and Dr. Jim Mitchell of Mitchell Dentistry, Fort Myers

All the best,

Dr. Jim

More about Dr. Coachman from http://www.DigitalSmileDesign.com

Dr. Christian Coachman received his DDS degree from the University of Sao Paulo Dental School in 2002. Before the DDS degree, he obtained his technician certificate in in Dental Prosthesis.

He participated in the ceramic specialization program at Ceramoart Training Center, mentored by Dr. Dario Adolfi. For his remarkable performance, he was invited to become instructor at this same school. In 2004, he was invited by Dr. David Garber, Ronald Goldstein, Maurice and Henry Salama (Team Atlanta/USA) to be the master ceramist in their laboratory, where he stayed for over four years.

Recently he has been working with renowned dentists around the world as Drs. Eric Van Dooren (Belgium), Galip Gurel (Turkey), Nizan Bichacho (Israel), Mauro Fradeani (Italy) and Marcelo Calamita (Brazil). Currently, he keeps a part time practice in Sao Paulo and make consults for companies developing products and implementing concepts. He developed the concept of the Digital Smile Design and has been invited to give hundreds of lectures around the world in the last few years on the topics of smile design, esthetic dentistry, and oral rehabilitation.

He has published several articles on esthetic dentistry, smile design, pink restorations, and implant rehabilitations.

 

National Gum Care Month is here!

unknownThe month of September brings our attention to back-to-school, football season and for those up north, autumn leaves. But did you know that September is also National Gum Care Month? Don’t laugh…caring for your gums is as important as caring for your teeth, and at Mitchell Dentistry, we’re excited that there is a whole month dedicated to creating awareness about this topic.

Healthy Gums Matter

We all tend to be more attentive to what we can see: are my teeth white enough? Are my teeth straight enough? But remember that it takes healthy gums to support your healthy smile. Many people are at risk of gum disease, or suffering from it already, and they may not even know. During the month of September, learn what to look for to keep your gums healthy.

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Protect Your Body

Unhealthy gums can lead to many afflictions, all over the body. Through periodontal disease, bacteria and inflammation can enter the bloodstream, which can cause problems with

  • the brain and nervous system
  • the heart
  • blood
  • joints

Your overall health depends on healthy gums. Learn what the signs of gum disease are so you can recognize them and take action:

Symptoms to Watch For

Here are some symptoms to look out for so that you can take the next steps, and make an appointment with our office. Hopefully we can address some of these symptoms early on, before it is necessary for us to recommend a visit to your periodontist for further evaluation.

The most common signs of gum disease are tenderness, swelling, or redness in the gums. If your gums are receded from the teeth or your teeth feel loose, it is also a signifier that your gums may be unhealthy. Of course, if you notice bleeding, you should make an appointment with our office immediately.

Knowledge is Power

Our goal is to help spread awareness about healthy teeth and gums throughout the year. Because September is National Gum Care Month, this gives us an extra opportunity to pass on helpful information to our patients.

As always, please call us with any questions or concerns. We love your feedback, so feel free to send your comments our way.

All the best,

Dr. Jim

 

 

The Joy of Designing Smiles

As Dr. Joe, Dr. Yolanda and I returned from this year’s AACD (American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry) Scientific Session in Toronto, we reflected on all that we learned about the latest advances for rejuvenating and restoring smiles. As long time accredited members of this prestigious organization, we have attended the annual conference for the past nine years, and we always come away inspired and eager to bring new ideas to our patients back home.

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Drs. Joe, Yolanda & Jim Mitchell of Mitchell Dentistry in Fort Myers attended the annual AACD2016 conference in Toronto to learn about the latest procedures and technology in cosmetic dentistry.

In Search of New Knowledge

Everyone on our staff is a lifelong learner, often on the leading edge of mastering the latest dental technologies.  Just looking at the AACD’s “teaser” videos before we left (http://www.aacd.com/conference) had us making notes about which sessions to attend.

Is it the concept of acquiring new knowledge that entices us? The possibility of adding new technology to our practice? The aspect of having a competitive edge by being among the first to learn new trends? Probably yes to all of the above.

Creating a Magical Smile

But the primary motivator for us is what happens when we apply our new-found knowledge to practical applications – to our patients. It is a magical experience when you see someone smile broadly, unselfconsciously, for the first time after they have had a restorative procedure. We hold up the mirror and right in front of our eyes, we see someone’s self-esteem shoot from 0 to a million – having the capability of bringing that kind of joy to an individual is truly amazing.

From the grandmother who can now smile at her grandchildren without them asking, “Grandma, why are your teeth so crooked?” to the highly trained business professional who credited achieving the job of his dreams with his restored missing teeth, we’ve played a small part in helping people transform themselves and transform their lives. It is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling parts of our practice.

So while I delighted in checking off the boxes on which hands-on workshops we planned to attend, and while we appreciated spending three days with the world’s most renowned experts on cosmetic dentistry, it’s the end result that is the most meaningful to us – seeing a bright, brilliant, brand new smile on a patient’s face.

Bringing Our Patients Breakthrough Technology

We learned so much and can’t wait to share new ideas and new technology with you! Let us know if you have any questions about cosmetic or restorative dentistry, and we will bring you up to date on the latest information.

All the best,

Dr. Jim

 

 

Freshen your breath in time for Valentine’s Day!

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Romance is in the air and Valentine’s Day is on the horizon.  But have you checked your breath lately?  Bad breath can happen to anyone, but the good news is that you can keep it away.  Courtesy of the American Dental Association (ADA), following are some of the causes of bad breath and some helpful tips on how to correct the problem. While many causes are harmless, bad breath can sometimes be a sign of something more serious.

Bacteria

Bad breath can happen anytime thanks to the hundreds of types of bad breath-causing bacteria that naturally lives in your mouth. Your mouth also acts like a natural hothouse that allows these bacteria to grow. When you eat, bacteria feed on the food left in your mouth and leaves a foul-smelling waste product behind.

Dry Mouth

Feeling parched? Your mouth might not be making enough saliva. Saliva is important because it works around the clock to wash out your mouth. If you don’t have enough, your mouth isn’t being cleaned as much as it should be. Dry mouth can be caused by more than 500 different medications, salivary gland problems or by simply breathing through your mouth.

Gum Disease

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Bad breath that just won’t go away or a constant bad taste in your mouth can be a warning sign of advanced gum disease, which is caused by a sticky, cavity-causing bacteria called plaque.

Food

Garlic, onions, coffee… The list of breath-offending foods is long, and what you eat affects the air you exhale.

Smoking and Tobacco

Smoking stains your teeth, gives you bad breath and puts you at risk for a host of health problems. Tobacco reduces your ability to taste foods and irritates gum tissues. Tobacco users are more likely to suffer from gum disease. Since smoking also affects your sense of smell, smokers may not be aware of how their breath smells.

Medical Conditions

Mouth infections can cause bad breath. However, if your dentist has ruled out other causes and you brush and floss every day, your bad breath could be the result of another problem, such as a sinus condition, gastric reflux, diabetes, liver or kidney disease. In this case, see your healthcare provider.

How Can I Keep Bad Breath Away?

Brush and Floss

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Brush twice a day and clean between your teeth daily with floss to get rid of all that bacteria that’s causing your bad breath.

Take Care of Your Tongue

Don’t forget about your tongue when you’re taking care of your teeth. If you stick out your tongue and look way back, you’ll see a white or brown coating. That’s where most of bad breath bacteria can be found. Use a toothbrush or a tongue scraper to clear them out. Here at Mitchell Dentistry, we have the perfect tongue scraper if you need one – plus, we will instruct you on the most effective way to use it!OOLITT-7_thumbnail

Mouthwash

Over-the-counter mouthwashes can help kill bacteria or neutralize and temporarily mask bad breath. It’s only a temporary solution, however. The longer you wait to brush and floss away food in your mouth, the more likely your breath will offend.

Clean Your Dentures

If you wear removable dentures, take them out at night, and clean them thoroughly before using them again the next morning.

Keep That Saliva Flowing

To get more saliva moving in your mouth, try eating healthy foods that require a lot of chewing, like carrots or apples. You can also try chewing sugar-free gum or sucking on sugar-free candies. Your dentist may also recommend artificial saliva.

Quit Smoking

Giving up this dangerous habit is good for your body in many ways. Not only will you have better breath, you’ll have a better quality of life.

Visit Mitchell Dentistry Regularly

If you’re concerned about what’s causing your bad breath, make an appointment to see us. Regular checkups allow our staff to detect any problems such as gum disease or dry mouth and stop them before they become more serious. If we determine your mouth is healthy, you may be referred to your primary care doctor.

Call us today if you have any questions.  And have a happy, romantic, kissable Valentine’s Day!

All the best,

Dr. Jim

 

 

Home for the Holidays: The ultimate toothpaste guide

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Thanksgiving is quickly approaching bringing on the flurry of the holiday season. Whether you are having out of town guests, children home from college, or just cozying up at home, chances are you are going to have to buy toothpaste within the next few weeks. With so many different types on the market today it may be somewhat confusing to know what is best.

Every person and every mouth is unique, so keep in mind that no one type of toothpaste will address the needs of all. Here is a handy guide to types of toothpaste we hope will help you make good decisions for you and your loved ones:

Tartar control toothpaste: If you have buildup of tartar on your teeth and gums and you want to prevent it from getting worse, this type might be right for you. A reminder in case you have forgotten: tartar is basically the plaque that wasn’t removed from the teeth and has now hardened onto them. If too much tartar builds up under your gums, it creates the potential danger of gum disease. Most of these types of toothpaste have fluoride and other useful ingredients.

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Baking soda toothpaste: the name says it all. If you prefer a different flavor than typical mint varieties, baking soda toothpaste might be an option. Baking soda based toothpaste is great for effectively removing any surface stains. It will help reduce gum irritation and pain, and it is definitely less abrasive than other types.

Smoker’s toothpaste:  This type is specially designed to remove nicotine and tar stains from your teeth as well as bad breath caused by smoking. A note of caution: this toothpaste may be particularly abrasive.

Sensitive teeth toothpaste: If you experience sharp pain when consuming hot or cold foods and drinks, sensitive teeth toothpaste and its active ingredients will help desensitize the nerve endings and reduce tooth sensitivity. They are also less abrasive and designed to be gentle to your teeth and gums.

Teeth whitening toothpaste: The question is:  do they really work? Actually, different types vary in results and strength. The key ingredients of most types of whitening toothpaste are hydrogen peroxide or calcium peroxide, and they are both highly abrasive. That is why dentists consider many of them too harsh for teeth. And the constant use of this type of toothpaste might cause tooth sensitivity. And most significantly – they do not actually whiten your teeth; they only polish them by removing surface stains. Before buying teeth whitening toothpaste, keep in mind that some brands are too aggressive and may damage your teeth. And definitely consult your dentist first.

Children’s toothpaste: Many children are put off by the taste of mint or baking soda, so a special type of toothpaste has been designed to make your job as parent easier and the child’s brushing routine more enjoyable. These tend to be fruity and sweet.

As you can see, there are so many choices. Brushing the teeth with toothpaste that suits your needs at least twice per day, plus flossing, plus seeing us regularly for your professional cleaning, is the best recipe for healthy, beautiful white teeth.

Enjoy the holidays, and please don’t hesitate to ask us about any aspect of your oral care. We welcome your questions and your feedback!

All the best,

Dr. Jim

 

Nutrition for your teeth: Three foods to enhance your dental health

We tell all our patients to brush, floss and have regular dental checkups and cleanings. But did you know that nutrition plays a large role in your dental health as well? Beyond cutting back on sweets and sodas, some foods actually help your teeth stay strong and healthy. Here are just a few that might surprise you:

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Tea. Those tiny little tea leaves can be quite powerful. They contain compounds that interact with plaque and either destroy or suppress bacteria, stopping them from growing or producing tooth-attacking acid. Tea leaves also readily absorb fluoride from soil. As a result, some tea drinks contain fluoride, which helps prevent tooth decay by making teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. One caveat here – remember to brush your teeth after drinking dark tea so it doesn’t stain your teeth.

Cheese. If you’re watching your weight you might want the low-fat variety but cheese is filled with tooth-friendly calcium and vitamin D. According to a study published by the Academy of General Dentistry, eating cheese and other dairy products may help protect teeth against cavities.
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Seafood. Many of those lovely creatures from the sea contain phosphorous, a vital component to building strength in your teeth and jaw. There is more phosphorous in seafood than in veggies – tuna for example may have 20 percent or more of your phosphorous needs in one 3 ounce serving!

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Try these tasty ways to improve your dental health – and let us know if you have any questions about how your nutrition can help or hinder your beautiful smile.

Don’t hesitate to call us or visit our website – we welcome your questions and feedback!

All the best,

Dr. Jim

*Sources: American Academy of General Dentistry, British Nutrition Foundation’s Nutrition Bulletin and the American Dental Association

5 Advantages to Invisalign® Aligner System

Straightening teeth doesn’t need to involve unsightly metal or uncomfortable brackets. For many people, Invisalign® is the clear option when it comes to a more cosmetic orthodontic treatment. Comfortable, convenient and aesthetically pleasing, Invisalign® has become one of the most popular orthodontic treatments available on the market today.

Invisalign® is an alternative teeth-straightening system to traditional metal braces. This system uses clear plastic trays customized to gradually alter the alignment of a person’s teeth. It can effectively treat many of the dental problems that traditional braces address and do so in less time.

Invisalign® orthodontic system corrects:

Overbites

Underbites

Gaps between teeth

Crooked teeth

Crowded teeth

Open bites

The benefits of the Invisalign® clear aligner system are wide-ranging and long-lasting

The top five advantages include:

Comfort – Invisalign is made of clear plastic trays customized to precisely and closely fit the patient’s teeth. The trays are less bulky than traditional brackets and wires, which means speech is rarely affected. The material is much kinder to the tissue inside of the mouth than traditional metal braces too, with no chance of tearing, cutting or aggravating the gums or soft tissue. The gradual alignment is much less painful than that of traditional braces, and patients can still eat and drink comfortably.

Aesthetics – One of the strongest arguments for using Invisalign is its appearance – the clear plastic trays are almost undetectable by others. For teenagers and adults, Invisalign offers a teeth-straightening solution without the unsightly metal of traditional appliances, but yields the same results. Socially, personally and professionally, Invisalign removes the stigma of wearing visible traditional wire braces and allows patients to smile and interact without inhibition.

Convenience – Because the Invisalign trays are designed from the outset of treatment, Invisalign does not require lengthy trips to the dentist for fittings or adjustments. Instead, Invisalign users wear their clear plastic aligners for approximately two weeks before swapping them for a new set. And, the entire treatment process can take much less time, too. Whereas traditional braces may require years of treatment, Invisalign treatment is usually completed within 12-18 months.

No Diet Limitations – Invisalign trays are removable! Patients should wear their Invisalign trays for 22 hours per day in order for treatment to be most effective, however trays can be removed for cleaning, eating, drinking and other activities. This provides patients with the freedom to eat and drink as normal, without limitations or discomfort.

Easy Maintenance – Maintaining good oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment is essential for the health of your teeth and gums. Because the clear plastic aligners are removable, Invisalign makes cleaning easy. Patients can brush and floss their teeth as usual, clean their trays, and pop them back in their mouth. It’s that simple!

If you would like more information about Invisalign® or would like to schedule an appointment to discuss of clear brace alternative is right for you, contact our Fort Myers dental office.